Iowa Celebrates 175th Anniversary of Statehood

December 23, 2021 10:06am

9 Eunice Viola Ola Babcock Miller

Mother of the State Patrol


Eunice Viola “Ola” Babcock Miller (1871-1937) of Washington County was one of Iowa’s most distinguished public servants. She was the first woman elected to be Iowa’s secretary of state, in 1932, but is best known as the “Mother of the Iowa Highway Patrol,” which she helped organize in 1934. A building near the State Capitol in Des Moines is named in her honor.